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China's zero-COVID pursuit threatens global economy

Beijing looks inward with 'dual circulation' strategy as Xi fights against virus

Beijing residents undergo PCR testing in May. The authorities have clamped down tighter in the capital recently than in early 2020.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- A recent email from a longtime Chinese acquaintance living in Beijing read like a scream of frustration.

"We're not allowed to work in offices or eat in restaurants," it said, and "we're suffering under even tighter restrictions than we did back then."

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